Premier League - Paper Round: Suarez 'laden with controversy'

Manchester United boss Alex Ferguson has claimed Liverpool striker Luis Suarez is "laden with controversy" ahead of this weekend's big clash at Old Trafford.

Premier League - Paper Round: Suarez 'laden with controversy'

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Daily Mail backpage Saturday Jan 12

Suarez features heavily on today's back pages with Ferguson, it seems, majorly concerned about the Uruguayan - and not just for his goal-scoring ability.

'Don't fall for it' shouts the Daily Mail's headline, while the Daily Mirror goes for 'Dirty Tricks' and 'Fergie: We fear new Suarez cheat storm'.

Those lines have been conjured up from Ferguson's Friday press conference in which he said: "I didn't see the Mansfield game, so it's difficult to say if it was deliberate or not. But I think the lad is laden with controversy. I don't know if he enjoys it or not."

Suarez returns to United's ground on Sunday for the first time since he refused to shake Patrice Evra's hand to defuse the row that engulfed Liverpool and United when the Uruguayan racially abused his opponent at Anfield in October 2011.

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Suarez was at the centre of more negative headlines at the weekend when he scored a goal at Mansfield that should clearly have been ruled out for handball.

To some transfer tittle-tattle, and Manchester City are considering offering Carlos Tevez a contract extension to prevent the striker leaving for free when his current deal expires in 18 months.

A report in the Guardian claims the Premier League champions are willing to offer a one-year deal in the hope of extracting a reasonable transfer fee should the Argentine decide to leave - perhaps for Boca Juniors, the club where he began his career.

Meanwhile, Chelsea are gearing up to have "another crack at landing Luka Modric", according to The Sun.

The paper reports that Blues owner Roman Abramovich will "dangle £22 million" in front of Real Madrid's noses in a bid to end the Croat's nightmare at the Bernabeu.

The interest in Modric has firmed up after Chelsea missed out on Metalist Kharkiv’s Brazilian midfielder Taison, 24, who yesterday opted to sign for Shakhtar Donetsk.

Carlton Cole is "fuming" after being told he can leave West Ham, according to the Daily Mirror.

With Andy Carroll set to return from injury and Marouane Chamakh having arrived on loan for the rest of the season, the England striker is considered surplus to requirements at Upton Park.

"The club are understood to have tried to convince his representatives that his future lies elsewhere," the report claims. Reading and Norwich are keen.

Tottenham are tracking Hamburg striker Son Heung-Min, says the Daily Mail.

The 20-year-old, who can play up front or on both wings, was nearly snapped up by Liverpool before they went for Daniel Sturridge, but could now make an £8m move to White Hart Lane.

Harry Redknapp is preparing to make a £4m move for West Brom striker Peter Odemwingie as the QPR boss seeks to bolster his flimsy strike force.

Redknapp, who had a bid for defender Jonas Olsson rejected by the Baggies a day earlier, feels Odemwingie could help Rangers in their battle to beat the drop, the Mirror report claims.

Sunderland have made a move for giant Senegal defender Abdou Kader Mangane, who has been hounded out of France for a horror tackle that broke the leg of an opponent.

The Sun reports that Martin O'Neill will have to pay a six-figure loan fee to offer the man-mountain a path back to Europe - he is currently with Saudi Arabian side Al-Hilal.

Sunderland are also closing on £2.5m France international Moussa Sissoko - who has also been linked with arch-rivals Newcastle - says the Mirror.

And finally for today, Swansea manager Michael Laudrup is set to make a £4m bid for Stoke City striker Kenwyne Jones, according to the Daily Telegraph, while the Daily Express reports that the Swans have told Real Betis they will not be held to ransom over defensive midfielder Jose Canas.

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